Diana’s first chilling Trooping the Colour was very different to Meghan’s

Dressed elegantly in pink and sat beside her prince in their carriage, Meghan Markle appeared to be nailing life as the Duchess of Sussex during Saturday’s Trooping the Colour.

Some people tried to make a thing of the fact her Carolina Herrera dress was slightly off the shoulder, but given that’s hardly likely to result in a stint in a dungeon, it’s safe to say she’s taking to her new role well.

In fact, the only sign of any nerves came during the balcony appearance, when caring Harry sought to reassure her with some comforting words .

But however nervous she may have been feeling, her first Trooping the Colour went A LOT more smoothly than Diana’s.


Back in 1981, the then Lady Diana was just 19 years-old, and mere weeks away from marrying into the Royal family.

A shy teenager who later described herself as a "fat Sloane Ranger", her first Trooping of the Colour could not have been more dramatic.

It was the year someone fired a gun at the Queen.

At that time, the Queen, being a keen equestrian, led the Household Cavalry through central London, riding sidesaddle on her mare Burmese.

However, as she approached the junction of the Mall and Horseguards Parade, six shots rang out.

The gunman was 17 year-old Marcus Serjeant, the BBC reports.

It was only blanks which were being fired from a starting gun, luckily, meaning no one was hurt – although the Queen’s mare did get startled.

Although shaken herself, fortunately, the Queen was able to calm the horse down and get back in control in a matter of seconds.

The procession continued as planned, and afterwards the Queen returned to Buckingham Palace by the same route, under the close watch of security services.

Serjeant was quickly pounced upon by the police, and later convicted of treason and sentenced to five years in prison.

He has since admitted "I wanted to be famous. I wanted to be a somebody."

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